Manchester United for the title! Behave!

We welcome back the new season with open arms. We’ve all missed it dearly, and we can now begin our overly optimistic outlook on our teams chances to pose a title challenge. Manchester United’s transfer activity has been positive and importantly, we hope, effective. We were desperate for a strong CB, an influential CDM and a prolific CF – and we’ve hit every target (all the signings Arsenal needed if you don’t mind me adding). Having watched my team get ripped apart by an elite Real Madrid side in the UEFA Super Cup, the heights required to compete in Europe have become abundantly obvious and out of reach. On that note however, I certainly believe Mourinho is leading us in the right direction.

We’re capable of competing for the Premier League this year – fact. I may not be as confident as Tim who boldly tipped us as table topping champions in this weeks Sofa Sports Podcast. Unfortunately having this level of faith is an emotional rollercoaster I’d be scared to open myself up to at this early stage. I am beginning to believe mind you – but I need more convincing.

My three pillar reference from an article I wrote last year raised the need for the 3 important structures I chose to be required of a team to compete. 1) an effective spine 2) a hero to stand up and count 3) confidence to run high. With the arrival of Matic and Lukaku, I would edge closer to ticking this box, providing Lukaku can bang in 20+ goals. Our hero is yet to be identified, and I have the highest hopes for Pogba to step up to this role. Optimistically, in theory, with our current squad and manager, the confidence ought to flow freely. Only time will tell and I am eagerly looking forward to our opener this Sunday against West Ham. Let’s give our fans something to shout about at Old Trafford early on this season.

My predictions, often wrong, tip Manchester City’s Jesus to be the leagues best performer this campaign. I rate their young Leroy Sane highly too. I can see Chelsea’s Fabregas to be given a bigger role in the starting line up with the sale of Matic (which still baffles me). Speaking of Matic, I sense he will be the signing of the season in terms of value for money. His balance and calmness on and off the ball fills the void left by Carrick, who unfortunately cannot sustain a week in week out contribution, given his age. The role of protecting the defence, breaking up the opposing attacks and keeping our attacks alive will prove to be massively relied upon. It will undoubtably contribute to our title challenge. It’s a huge season for Luke Shaw, Martial and Mkhitaryan, and an exciting one for Rashford.

The supporter in me wants to give United the title – but the reality check suggests we will need another year to gel and develop before posing a true threat. This along with the acquisition of a wide creative right midfield player with some flair, which I feel we lack.

Common United!

Andy Andreas

Premier League Review: Opening Weekend

The panel discuss the opening weekend of the English Premier League. Chelsea stumbled at the Bridge, Liverpool were held to a draw at Watford, Arsenal left it late. Spurs, City and United cruised to victories. As well as all the action, we discuss the ongoing transfer stories surrounding the Premier League.

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Scouse Talk

It could be argued that Liverpool have the best front four in the league with Mane, Coutinho, Salah and Firmino. However, the thing missing for me is a 20+ goal a season striker. Every title winning team has at least one in their side. Leicester had Jamie Vardy, Chelsea had Diego Costa and Klopp’s Bundesliga winning team had Robert Lewandowski.

Whilst talk of the title may be premature when writing about Liverpool, the point still stands. To challenge, you need a prolific striker. The 4 players mentioned are top quality and will no doubt score goals for Liverpool next season. The issue is, I can’t see any of them reaching that magic number of 20 league goals.

For me, the answer is sitting on the bench in the form of Daniel Sturridge. When he plays, he scores. It’s as simple as that. The Achilles heel with Sturridge (pun intended) is that due to his disastrous injury record, he simply doesn’t get enough game time.

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In the last three seasons Sturridge has made just 25 appearances (scoring an impressive 15). The last time Sturridge had an extended run in the team was during the infamous 2013/2014 season when he scored 21 goals in 26 league games and before you say something like “that was only because of Suarez”. Let me remind you that Suarez was serving a 10 game ban for tucking into Branislav Ivanovic towards the end of the previous campaign and so, missed the first 5 games of the season.

5 games in which Liverpool won the first three 1-0 with Sturridge scoring the winner in each game (he also scored in 2-2 draw away at Swansea).

It remains to be seen whether he’ll be fit enough to feature predominantly next season and more worryingly for Sturridge, whether he’ll be as effective coming off the bench as its crystal clear Klopp prefers the extra off the ball, tracking back work that Firmino brings to the table. The front four and their interchangeability its key to the way Klopp wants to play and Firmino is seen as the first line of defence in pressing the opposition. Something Sturridge doesn’t do.


Spending lots of money doesn’t guarantee success. You can ask any Spurs or Liverpool fan about that, after their clubs famously squandered the large transfer sums they received for Bale and Suarez respectively.

However, it is hard not to be concerned when other clubs are improving their squads whilst your side just aren’t doing the same. Whilst I am delighted with the signing of Salah (I wanted him to join us whilst he was at Basel), the jury is still out on Andy Robertson and Solanke. I am the same as any other football fan. I’m greedy and I want the best to play for my club.

At the time this was written, Liverpool had made only 3 signings with 2 of those seemingly not bought to go straight into the starting 11. Worryingly, clubs that finished above and below Liverpool have all bought players that have improved their starting 11.

Lukaku will score the goals against the “smaller” teams, the goals that were missing for Manchester United so often last season and it doesn’t take a football expert to know that Matic is a vast improvement on Fellaini.

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Manchester City have improved both their full back and goalkeeper situations and Arsenal have bought one of the best goal scorers in Europe in Alexandre Lacazette. These are all positions that have been identified by the clubs as areas that needed improving, and they’ve done just that.

Liverpool’s weakness has been the same for a number of years now and that is their defence. They haven’t had a solid defence since the Rafa days.

Every manager that has preceded the Spaniard has tried to improve it. Hodgson bought Danny Wilson and Paul Konchesky. Kenny bought Jose Enrique and Rodgers acquired the likes of Moreno, Sakho, Mignolet, Toure, Cissokho, Ilori and Lovren to name a few.

So far, Jurgen Klopp has signed Karius, Manninger, Klavan, Matip and Robertson whilst being heavily linked with Van Djik from Southampton. It is clearly an area of concern that despite all these changes in personnel, has yet to have been addressed. In the last three seasons, Liverpool have conceded 140 goals in the league alone.


In terms of where Liverpool will finish this season I think their starting 11 has more than enough quality to finish in the top 4 maybe even top 3. My concern would be that they are 2/3 injuries away from having a very average side (Lallana is already out for a minimum of 2 months).

To challenge for the top positions and the cups you either need to be exceedingly lucky with injuries (see Leicester in 2015/16 and Chelsea last season) or have at least two quality players in each position.

Last season, up until January, Liverpool were the only ones really challenging Chelsea at the top. After 20 games Chelsea were top with 49 points and Liverpool were second on 44. They had just beaten Man City at Anfield and were flying.

Then came the AFCON, off went Saido Mane and with it, their whole season. Liverpool fell apart during January and February losing at home to Wolves in the FA Cup and falling further and further down the table as a result of poor league results.

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The frustrating thing as a Liverpool fan is that the manager knew that we would be losing Mane for two months due to the AFCON and we still didn’t bring any cover in during the summer or winter transfer windows.

It can be forgiven to an extent if they’d lost Mane to an unexpected injury but that wasn’t the case. They were fully aware of the situation during the summer, long before the season even started and they failed to address it.

If they can have another strong start and maintain it throughout the festive period with minimal injuries then I think Liverpool will finish in the top 4 again. However with the fast, pressing style Klopp demands from his players. Injuries are pretty much a certainty during the campaign and I think the lack of squad depth will really have an impact on their season.


(Liverpool Fan)

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Marlon Harewood Interview

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Premier League: Transfer Talk

Some of our team discuss the latest transfer stories from the English Premier League. Is Coutinho to leave Liverpool? Have Man Utd done the right business this summer? Can Alvaro Morata cut it in the Premier League? Is Lacazette the right man for the Gunners? Peps revolution continues and why haven’t Spurs delved into the transfer market?

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Interview with Former Premier League Referee Mark Halsey

We had the pleasure of talking to former Premier League referee Mark Halsey. We discussed his fantastic career, his battle with cancer and some of the current issues surrounding the game. A truly inspirational story from an absolute gentleman! It’s no surprise Mark went to the very top of the game.
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Spurs: To spend & sell, or not to spend & still sell?

“Football has gone mad” is what most non millennials bellow every time a player is linked with a big money move. “The new TV deal is to blame for all this” is what usually follows. Notice the key word in that sentence. “New”. The “new” TV deal is to blame. It’s almost as if the domino effect that was Sky’s 5 year, £191M deal with the Premier League back in 1992 didn’t happen. Fake news, apparently.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Chairman Daniel Levy today (26th July 2017) defended his club’s lack of transfer activity this summer, claiming the spending by other Premier League clubs is unsustainable.

When you take into consideration the timing (redevelopment of White Hart Lane and the surrounding area, plus a year at the “home of football” – Wembley Stadium) Mr Levy’s choice of words deserve the **scratching chin**/”hmmmm” emoji. Is this another point to add to the list of reasons for the lack of spending? A member of the Shoot The Defence Facebook group page wrote:

“I’ve been telling Spurs fans since the stadium was granted planning that they were going to face a decade of financial restraint. Just like Arsenal – Spurs are a self-sustaining club which means they have to generate the money before they can spend it.”

A fair point, no question about that. This leads to a question that’s been asked over and over – have Spurs become, or have they always been a selling club? Looking at the last 10-15 seasons, there’s little evidence to suggest they aren’t a selling side. This summer alone is a clear indicator that our resident poster is onto something.

England international Kyle Walker, Tottenham’s 27 year old first choice right back (for the best part of 5-6 years) was sold to Manchester City for a whopping £45M – yes, a right back has been sold for £45M, deal with it.

While it’s fair to say this is a great bit of business given the emergence of Kieran Trippier, Levy’s frugality leaves another bitter taste in the mouths of Spurs fans. In Levy’s defence, Opta stats (as of 2nd May 2017) show Spurs top the Premier League table over 2 years, despite a NET spend of £7M. Incidentally, the sale of Kyle Walker has made the club’s NET spend over the last 5 years MINUS £44M.

There’s no denying the club has moved in the right direction. Their youth academy is one of the best in the country and in Pochettino they have a Head Coach who isn’t afraid to trust a young group of players. whilst the other “big clubs” smashed transfer records left, right and centre, the Argentinian guided Spurs to their highest Premier League position, finishing above the big spending Manchester clubs two seasons in a row, surpassing people’s expectations in the process.

Nevertheless, titles, trophies and medals are the be all and end all, and unfortunately (or fortunately if you’re from the red half of North London), the trophy cabinet has been bare since 2008. A top 4 league finish has gone from being desirable to imperative in the clubs continued growth, development and future.

That being said, it goes back to the aforementioned “be all and end all” – trophy victories. Many Spurs fans would argue that, for now, obtaining Champions League football equates to a successful season given their size, spending power compared to others and recent history. More often than not, the follow up questions lead to more questions than answers.

How long will the sought after Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld, Christian Eriksen and Eric Dier wait for the trophy drought to end before wanting out? Is Harry “one of our own” Kane going to honour his £80,000 a week contract extension that ends in 2022 if the club fails to win some silverware soon? Let’s not forget the other sticking point – wages. Spurs only recently restructured their wage policy to make Kane the highest paid player to fend off interest from the elite clubs. While Levy is lauded for running a tight ship, Spurs are a Champions League club paying like a mid table club.

Tight ship or not, rumour has it the ship on the outside may not be what it is on the inside.



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Klopp & Liverpool: The Next Step?

Jurgen Klopp is about to enter his second full season in charge of the Merseyside giants.  The charismatic German arrived at the club back in October 2015 and it wasn’t long before he won the hearts of the Anfield faithful.  Like Jose, Arsene and Fergie he wasn’t the greatest of footballers in his day but took to management like a duck to water.

He began his managerial journey with his beloved Mainz 05 and worked wonders during his 7 year spell at Borussia Dortmund before arriving on the British Isles.

Even as somebody who doesn’t support Liverpool, it’s almost impossible to dislike the man, his charismatic press conferences and interviews often put a smile on my face and many others.

At the start of the 2016/17 season Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool’s primary objective would have been to qualify for Europe’s premier club competition – the UEFA champion’s league.  Job done, the reds finished the season in fourth place, a point clear of Arsenal.

As a neutral I admire Liverpool Football Club, they’re rich in history, ooze class and their European dominance in the past provided the platform that has seen the English top flight become one of the most desirable destinations for footballers all over the world.

Without doubt, the countries second biggest club but their failure to win the title since 1989/90 means they’ve been somewhat left behind.  Brendan and Luis came close but it was not to be.

Klopp has found a way of beating the leagues ‘bigger sides’ and Jurgen’s reds are just a few players away from mounting a serious title challenge.

Away wins at Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton combined with draws at Old Trafford and The Etihad were overshadowed by points dropped at home versus West Ham, Swansea, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace.

Champion’s league participation will increase the strain on what I already believe to be a thin squad.  The Virgil Van Dijk saga continues to drag on and with the Red’s yet to make a marquee signing this summer how do you see them getting on?

The Race for the Title – You get what you pay for!

The transfer market has gone bananas.  Cast your mind back to 2006 and the sum of £38m could buy you one of the world’s most prolific strikers – Andriy Shevchenko.  Fast forward to the 2010/11 season and that kind of money would bring you…Andy Carroll!

The latest Premier League TV deals and an influx of wealthy foreign ownership have contributed to a transformation in the football landscape nobody could have foreseen.  July 2017, and the previously mentioned sum of £38m isn’t even enough to sign half of Romelu Lukaku.

The money men at City have spent in the region of £133m on full backs, Romans Chelsea have laid out a further £119m and the idea of FFP (Financial Fair Play) is beginning to seem like a fairy tale.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…You get what you pay for.

Arsenal smashed their transfer record this summer with the acquisition of French striker Alexander Lacazette.  The Gunners are known for keeping their cards close to their chest and although the fee was officially undisclosed it was believed to be around the £50m mark.

Having splashed the cash on Granit Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi before him, the Gunners are still not competing financially with the likes of Manchester City, United and Chelsea.

To put it bluntly, the Arsenal specialize in second rate signings. The game’s elite players demand the kind of wages that would blow the Gunners wage structure apart.  The power is with the seller and Arsenal’s reluctance to be held to ransom and pay a premium means they’re being left behind.

The same can be said for Liverpool.  Another club who’s fan base are desperate for premier league success.  Ownership who seemingly won’t pay the top dollar and a manager who’s inability to defend will ultimately cost them.

Tottenham Hotspur have exceeded expectations for two seasons now, but that won’t continue.  The financial burden of a new stadium and the move to Wembley will see Mauricio Pochettino’s side struggle to compete on all fronts and I’ve yet to mention their lack of transfer activity.

Throughout recent history, with a few anomalies of course, there has been a clear correlation between the title winners and the most dominant in the transfer market.   The title race will be between the top 3 spenders and the sooner the Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs fans accept this, the better.

So you can rest assure, the Arsenal Fan TV melt downs will be back next season, the Spuds will end up heartbroken and the Scousers will still be talking about 2005!


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Steven Caldwell Interview

Steven Caldwell Interview

Our host Harry had the pleasure of talking to former #Newcastle, #Sunderland, #Burnley, #Toronto FC and #Scotland defender Steven #Caldwell.

We discussed…

> His fantastic playing career.
> What its like to move between two rival clubs.
> What its like to play for #Roy #Keane.
> The Play-off system.
> Why international football is ‘dead’.
> The rise of the #MLS.
> Stevens career after #Football.

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Transfer Rumors: Arsenal

The transfer window hasn’t officially opened yet but Gunners fans all over the world are already feeling frustrated.  Some things never change eh? 


The rumor mill continues to turn and the North London club has been linked with a whole host of players.  Here at I’m going to take a quick look at the rumors in today’s papers and try to make at least some sense of it all…


Starting with those already at the club, its being reported that Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have been offered a 20% pay rise to sign contract extensions at the Arsenal. 


Our two most talented players without doubt and whilst were all looking at potential arrivals i can’t help but think the priority should be preventing their departures. 


The club have made a point of saying that even if they fail to extend their contracts neither of them will be leaving the club this summer.  


We would all like to believe the powers that be at Arsenal would dig their heels in but in reality if a £50m bid for either man comes in from the likes of Bayern Munich with just 12 months remaining on the contract Stan Kroenke & co will make sure the deal is done. 


Chilean head coach Juan Antonio Pizzi says Alexis has not been distracted by the uncertainty surrounding his future. “We think he’s very happy, he’s giving his best like everyone else”. He also said that Alexis is already at one of the “best clubs in the world”. 


It’s hard to tell whether he believes that or if he’s trying to deflect the media frenzy elsewhere leading up to their Confederations Cup semi final vs Portugal. 


Another player linked with a move away, perhaps more surprisingly is Laurent Koscielny. Gazetto Dello Sport claim that cash rich AC Milan are interested in the Frenchman’s services. 


There doesn’t appear to be much headwind regarding this story so I wouldn’t panic just yet.


Do not fear, our over rated centre half will likely still be with us come the end of the transfer window.  Why would he leave a club where he’s exempt from any criticism or responsibilities?


AS Monaco attacker Thomas Lemar has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates in a deal believed to be worth around £30m.  A positive signing no doubt, but with Arsenals track record of concluding deals I’m sceptical until he’s wearing an Arsenal shirt on the official website!


Finally, the deal you’ve all been talking about! Conflicting reports have come to light today regarding the potential transfer of Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette. 


David Ornstein of the BBC today claimed a deal worth around about £48m has been agreed and only minor details were holding up its completion. 


However, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas does not think the striker will be leaving the club this summer.  


We just don’t know who to believe these days! 


When pressed on Lyon’s potential interest in Olivier Giroud, Aulas said they were certainly interested but things haven’t progressed.


That deal is dead. 


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No Silva Lining For Hull City

Hull were condemned to an immediate return to Championship football next season after a 4-0 drubbing against relegation rivals Crystal Palace, and hopes of keeping hold of manager Marco Silva appear to have taken a blow.

Silva has shown in 4 months that he is one of European footballs bright young managers and his 6 wins in 17 gave Hull a fighting chance. The damage though was done before xmas and the shock home defeat to Sunderland earlier this months was enough to halt the momentum and send the tigers back towards the drop.

In Silva’s interview following their relegation, in and amongst talk of togetherness, he regularly spoke about ‘they’ and the club, rather than ‘we’ and ‘us’.

“The most important thing is for the club to understand what they did in a bad way, to prepare.

“You start to win or lose a season ahead one year in advance. I will give the board and the chairman my opinion, about what they need to do differently to make sure this doesn’t happen.”

All the signs point to Silva for looking for a different assignment next season and Hull City looking for a new man to try and steer them back in to the premier league.

Transfer Silly Season

Transfer Silly Season

The off season is bad enough at the best times. Worse this year as there is no international tournament, but you know what makes it even worse? Transfer silly season.

It’s started early this year at my club Tottenham. Firstly reports linking Pochettino to Inter, the same club linked the day before with Antonio Conte. Are either of those managers going to leave their current harmonious posts where they are unanimously loved  to join a side with no European football who played their last game in a half empty stadium? That’s Inter Milan to clarify in case you’ve confused that description with Arsenal.

Next one, today, get a load of this. One of our players linked away. The old cliches are used and the report which also includes “regarded highly by Europes Elite” and “The news that Barca are now in the hunt could frustrate rivals Real Madrid.” Who could it be? Kane, Alli, Alderweireld, Eriksen? Nope.

Moussa F***ing Sissoko. You can just imagine the devastation at the next Real Madrid transfer committee meeting at the thought that Barcelona could be about to poach this target from under their noses. Bale, Isco, Rodriguez, fist pumping with relief that their place in the squad will not be put under threat by the arrival of the guy who made 13 appearances for Spurs this season returning a massive zero goals.

If you’ve got nothing to write, make something up, and if you are making something up at least have the common decency to make it remotely realistic, people need to be kept busy somehow.

That’s the 2 pence…

Arsenal & Sanchez Race For Gold

Arsenal and Sanchez’ Race For Gold

Alexis Sanchez bagged a second half double to seal a deserved win and ensure that they remain in the race for the last top four spot when the season culminates on Sunday afternoon.

The top four finish is still unlikely as it relies on a slip up by Liverpool at home to Middlesborough but that is not the only race to be decided at the Emirates on Sunday, and this one has its destiny under control.
Sanchez’ brace, his 4 goal in 3 league games hauled him to within 1 goal of Everton’s Romelu Lukaku.
Who fittingly are Arsenal’s opponents in the season finale.

The two hitmen square up with 23 & 24 goals respectively although home advantage and being in form, and something to play for, could well tip this one in Alexis Sanchez’ favour to at least share the award.

There could still be one more twist in the race as Tottenham’s Harry Kane sits just one further back on 22, although Tottenham have an extra game to play and arguably an easier final fixture. If Kane was to register a goal on Thursday night he could yet be involved in the golden boot shake up.

Lukaku – 24 – Arsenal (a)
Sanchez – 23 – Everton (h)
Kane – 22 – Leicester (a), Hull (a)

Who will finish Premier League Top Scorer?

Kante – history maker?

Long time leaders Chelsea finally secured the Premier League title last night with a 1-0 win away at West Brom.

There are no weaknesses in this Chelsea side but much of the plaudits have been levelled towards midfield powerhouse N’Golo Kante. The Frenchman was named Premier League Player Of The Year at the PFA awards ceremony last month.

In winning the title, Kante becomes the first outfield player to win back to back Premier League Titles for different clubs. Kante joins an elite list of now 9 players to have won the Premier League for two different clubs.

1-Henning Berg
First man to achieve the feat as part of Jack Walkers Blackburn revolution in 94/95, later winning the title twice for Manchester United, including the treble winning season of 1999

2-Nicolas Anelka
He’s played for so many Premier League sides this one may not be a surprise, but there was over a decade between his league triumph as a teenager for Arsenal in 97/98 and as a 30 year old for Ancelotti’s Chelsea in 2010

3-Ashley Cole
Ashley Cole won two titles for Arsenal just after the turn of the century and added to the collection in 2010 following his acrimonious departure to Chelsea

4-Kolo Toure
Not just a good chant, he was one of the Arsenal invincibles in 2003/4, he then went on to win the title on the last day of the season in 2012 for Manchester City.
Kolo so nearly became the first and only man to win with three different clubs as part of Liverpool side that fell away in the final 3 games of 2013/14.

5-Gael Clichy
Probably one of the more surprising members of the club, but Gael Clichy has quietly picked up 3 League titles over the course of a decade. At Arsenal in 2004, he later became one of five players to switch North London for Eastlands in the following few years. He won two titles for Manchester City in 11/12 & 13/14.

6-Carlos Tevez
Probably the most controversial of the club having won the title for both Manchester Rivals. Tevez first won the league twice consecutively for Manchester United in 2007/08 & 08/09. Then, he was welcomed to Manchester and helped himself to a league title for the blue half of the city in 11/12.

7-Robert Huth
Huth was one of the experienced heads at the heart of Leicesters triumph in 15/16, and much of that experience was developed a decade earlier when he was part of Mourinho’s Chelsea squads that won the league in 04/05 & 05/06.

8-Mark Schwarzer
Kante may be the first outfield player to do it, but Aussie Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer was in the Chelsea squad in 14/15 and the amazing Leicester squad of 15/16. He didn’t play a single minute of either league campaign though.
Should he be part of the club? Well, it’s tough for a reserve goalie to get a game, never mind a 3rd keeper. And all those long kicks back to the number one keeper on training have got to add up to something right?

9-N’Golo Kante
Absolute machine, deserved Player of the Year, and back to back premier league winner.